Cheap/free top bar hive

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by TheWoodsman, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. TheWoodsman

    TheWoodsman New Member

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    Hi, i was going to throw out a twin size box spring a few days ago and decided to put some work into it and strip it down. From that wood i have made a "free" top bar hive. Just thought i'd tell this for anyone whose getting started, where theres a will theres a way. My real question is i want to paint the outside of my hive. I wanted to know what paint to use on it?
     
  2. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    i use latex exterior paint.
     

  3. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Great that you recycled the wood.
    Most folks use exterior latex, as Rat mentioned. You can also use a wood stain, or simple water-based polyurethane. Just be sure you let it dry and air out for a few days before putting any bees in it. And DON"T paint the inside where the bees will be- just paint the outside that is exposed to rain and weather.
     
  4. charmd2

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    Oops paint. Cheaper per gallon than plain white.
     
  5. Bens-Bees

    Bens-Bees New Member

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    Or, instead of Oops paint, go down to your local household hazardous waste center, they always have a few gallons of leftover paint people have dropped off to be disposed of... free is even better than cheap, right?
     
  6. charmd2

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    If you have one nearby that's a great idea. I don't have a hazordous waste site near here
     
  7. TheWoodsman

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    what color shuold it be, will they prefer a color over another?
     
  8. charmd2

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    in your location it won't matter. Dark colors absorb more heat from sunlight. I have pretty fuschia, light blue, dark green, and tan hives right now.
     
  9. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    I read somewhere that "red" is not a good idea, but now I can't recall why or where I read it.
     
  10. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Bees cannot see Red. They see it as black. The only thing I think might be bad about using it would be the heat factor. Red, or any dark color, will be hotter.